Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5 Off My Head: Siri Says 1960

It's Tuesday and that means it's time to ask the little lady who lives inside of my telephone to pick a number between 1 and 100 and then list my five favorite films from the year that corresponds. I actually had to ask her twice this morning because her first choice of "43" we have already done - see our list of 1943 movies right here

On second pick Siri said "60" and that's a very good first or second choice by her because damn 1960 was a fine year for movies. (Especially of the International sort.) Three of the movies from that year would make my all-time favorites list (can you guess which three?) and there are several more that I love very nearly as much. This might be the highest quality top five I have ever done for this series. So let's parade the greatness about and add a little shine to an otherwise drab day...

My 5 Favorite Movies of 1960

(dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
-- released on September 8th 1960 --
(dir. René Clément)
-- released on March 10th 1960 --
(dir. Billy Wilder)
-- released on June 15th 1960 --
(dir. Michael Powell)
-- released on April 7th 1960 --

(dir. Georges Franju)
-- released on March 2nd 1960 --

Runners-up: Breathless (dir. Jean-luc Godard), L'Avventura (dir. Antonioni), Jigoku (dir. Nobuo Nakagawa), Black Sunday (dir. Mario Bava), Rocco and His Brothers (dir. Luchino Visconti)...

...  The Virgin Spring (dir. Ingmar Bergman), House of Usher (dir. Roger Corman), Village of the Damned (dir. Wolf Rilla), La Dolce Vita (dir. Fellini), The Magnificent Seven (dir. John Sturges)


What are your favorite movies of 1960?


joel65913 said...

Though none will be in my top 5, The Apartment would be closest, these are all excellent films. Peeping Tom & Eyes Without a Face are wonderfully done but deeply disturbing.

My top 5 in order:

Inherit the Wind
Home from the Hill
Bell Are Ringing
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Runner-ups-Sunrise at Campobello, The Apartment, Elmer Gantry, Never on Sunday, The Entertainer, Psycho, From the Terrace and Village of the Damned

Cars nCors said...

Nice choice of stills.

Pierce said...

Breathless, French New Wave, Godard
Shoot the Piano Player, French New Wave, Truffaut
Midnight Lace, smart little thriller
The Entertainer, British New Wave
Bells Are Ringing, Judy Holliday’s only film musical
Pollyanna, Hayley Mills!
From the Terrace, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in great trash
Make Mine Mink, delightful Ealing Studios comedy
The Little Shop of Horrors, One of Roger Corman’s best ever!
Never on Sunday, Melina Mercouri
3 Worlds of Gulliver, gay actor Kerwin Matthews, Special Effects Genius Ray Harryhausen and a score by Bernard Herrmann

Anonymous said...

Rocco and His Brothers
Purple Noon
The Apartment
Sons and Lovers
Home on the Hill

Never on Sunday
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Wild River